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Theft from fire engine traced to Gaglione Brothers hat

Photos from cameras at Mother's Saloon in OB

SD Fire Brigade Instagram page
SD Fire Brigade Instagram page

On January 22, a white male climbed into a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire engine and took a bag from the firefighters "while they were hard at work putting out the fire," Facebooked the San Diego Police Department that Friday night. "The value of the equipment is in excess of $1,000. He was last seen riding away on a beach cruiser. If you recognize this person, please call us (619)531-2000."

Robert Ciochon, 33, saw the police department's post and incriminating photos of the perp wearing a black jacket, red undershirt, and black pants. "We also noticed that he was wearing a [white] Gaglione Brothers hat."

Robert Ciochon: "I checked Gaglione Brothers FB page and sure enough found two pics that looked nearly identical to the guy."

Ciochon, who's lived in OB for about 11 years, gathers intel on prospective employees as an HR specialist. "I figured that no one would wear a Gaglione Brothers hat unless they [supposedly] worked there, so I checked their FB, and sure enough found two pics that looked nearly identical to the guy."

Ciochon then shared one of the photos, as mentioned earlier, onto the police department's page.

"The SDPD commented above. They’re on it," said one person.

Others on the thread were peeved at the source of the incriminating photos. "[Your] first instinct is to pull out your phone to take pics?" questioned a local.

"Seriously. Our society has become void of empathy, focusing on shock value with things to post on social media," responded another."

"The pics that SDPD posted were taken at the old Mother's Saloon in OB," Ciochon explained. "And SDPD says they've ID'd the suspect, but I have no idea if he's in custody or if it's the same guy."

As this article goes to print, there's no official word on the perp's identity, nor if he works or worked at the Gaglione Bros. sub restaurant. Joe Gaglione shared the police department's post on their page and captioned it. "Thanks to everyone that reached out and brought to my attention this post by SDPD. The police have been contacted and are sorting the matter out."

The contents of the stolen bag are still unknown. "A firefighter's gear is not just protective gear and an axe," explained one of the firefighters handling SDFireBrigade's Instagram page. "Sometimes it’s personal, like a toy your daughter put in your boot without your knowledge, a toy that you now carry with you on every fire for good luck. [It] could be a custom helmet shield you had made to honor a fallen loved one. Our fire engine is our home away from home. Make a negative into a positive, return the stolen items and apologize to this city."

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On January 22, a white male climbed into a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire engine and took a bag from the firefighters "while they were hard at work putting out the fire," Facebooked the San Diego Police Department that Friday night. "The value of the equipment is in excess of $1,000. He was last seen riding away on a beach cruiser. If you recognize this person, please call us (619)531-2000."

Robert Ciochon, 33, saw the police department's post and incriminating photos of the perp wearing a black jacket, red undershirt, and black pants. "We also noticed that he was wearing a [white] Gaglione Brothers hat."

Robert Ciochon: "I checked Gaglione Brothers FB page and sure enough found two pics that looked nearly identical to the guy."

Ciochon, who's lived in OB for about 11 years, gathers intel on prospective employees as an HR specialist. "I figured that no one would wear a Gaglione Brothers hat unless they [supposedly] worked there, so I checked their FB, and sure enough found two pics that looked nearly identical to the guy."

Ciochon then shared one of the photos, as mentioned earlier, onto the police department's page.

"The SDPD commented above. They’re on it," said one person.

Others on the thread were peeved at the source of the incriminating photos. "[Your] first instinct is to pull out your phone to take pics?" questioned a local.

"Seriously. Our society has become void of empathy, focusing on shock value with things to post on social media," responded another."

"The pics that SDPD posted were taken at the old Mother's Saloon in OB," Ciochon explained. "And SDPD says they've ID'd the suspect, but I have no idea if he's in custody or if it's the same guy."

As this article goes to print, there's no official word on the perp's identity, nor if he works or worked at the Gaglione Bros. sub restaurant. Joe Gaglione shared the police department's post on their page and captioned it. "Thanks to everyone that reached out and brought to my attention this post by SDPD. The police have been contacted and are sorting the matter out."

The contents of the stolen bag are still unknown. "A firefighter's gear is not just protective gear and an axe," explained one of the firefighters handling SDFireBrigade's Instagram page. "Sometimes it’s personal, like a toy your daughter put in your boot without your knowledge, a toy that you now carry with you on every fire for good luck. [It] could be a custom helmet shield you had made to honor a fallen loved one. Our fire engine is our home away from home. Make a negative into a positive, return the stolen items and apologize to this city."

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